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Vienna is an idyllic European city. It’s walkable, bike-friendly, and well connected by public transportation. You can conveniently access Vienna through the international airport or by high-speed train from many European cities.
Table of Contents
- Tourist Map of Vienna
- Palaces, Parks, and Gardens
- Interesting Buildings
- Cultural Sites
There are so many fun things to do in Vienna year-round. From parks and gardens to museums and historic sites, you’ll have no shortage of varied entertainment. In this Vienna attractions map, the blue pins are tourist spots. Including historic and architecturally interesting buildings, religious buildings, and monuments.
Vienna is also a fabulous foodie destination! This map gives you a head start on finding some delicious places to eat. The green pins are cafés and restaurants —cafés with a coffee cup icon and restaurants with a knife and fork icon. Also, rooftop bars are marked with purple pins. Cool shopping spots are identified with orange pins.
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Let’s discuss some of the most important tourist sites on this sightseeing map of Vienna. There’s something for everyone! You’ll find palaces and parks, interesting buildings, and museums.
Vienna is very much a city ‘for the people.’ So, you’ll find no shortage of spacious pedestrian paths, park benches, and clean public restrooms (for a small fee). There are many green spaces to enjoy. You’ll find that some of the most beautiful gardens are attached to historic palaces.
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No trip to Vienna is complete without seeing the stunning Schönbrunn Palace. It is one of the most beautiful attractions in the city and one of the grandest buildings in Austria. The famous empress “Sissi” once lived here. This baroque palace is one of Vienna’s best places to visit.
During the 18th century, under the reign of Empress Maria Theresa, Schönbrunn became a fascinating center of court life as the Royal Summer Palace. Today it remains a popular meeting place for Viennese and tourists. Schönbrunn Palace and the surrounding park have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
When visiting the castle, you will also find charming gardens with blooming flowers. Nearby is the Schönbrunn Zoo. This is the oldest zoo in the world. You’ll also find the Gloriette on a hill overlooking the city, and the entire castle park with old trees and paths. The whole area is huge and you can spend a day here.
Schönbrunn Palace can also be visited from the inside. A visit is a real highlight of any trip to Vienna. During a tour of the beautiful majestic rooms, you can get a wonderful picture of the splendor of the time.
The easiest way to get to Schönbrunn Palace is by tram or metro 4 from the city center. For a city trip, stay in one of the beautiful boutique hotels in Vienna!
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One of the most iconic landmarks in Vienna is the Schoenbrunn Palace. The former summer residence of the Habsburg rulers is now a symbol of Vienna and one of the main attractions in the city. The palace started as a hunting ground, and the buildings gradually expanded and adapted to the needs of the emperors.
Today, you can visit the palace on the Grand Tour or just wander around the Schoenbrunn Gardens for a few hours. Head to the Gloriette, on the opposite side of the palace, for one of the best views in Vienna. Make your way back towards the palace and enjoy the ample park and its different sections.
Most of the park is free to visit. For some sections, like the Privy, the Palm House, or the Orangery you need to pay an access ticket. The center of the park is the French-style grand parterre, between the palace and Neptune’s fountain.
The most convenient option for visiting the Schoenbrunn complex is buying a combined ticket for the palace and some of the gardens. There are restaurants and cafes on the grounds, so it’s easy to spend a full day at the Schoenbrunn.
One of the most well-known places to visit in Vienna is the Belvedere Palace. The Belvedere complex is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. It includes both the upper and lower palaces, the Belvedere 21 Museum, the grounds gardens, and a separate botanical garden.
You could spend all day here! The Belvedere Palace Museums (upper and lower palaces) are separated by beautiful grounds and gardens in the Baroque style.
The Upper Belvedere museum is famous for having the world’s most complete collection of Gustav Klimt paintings. Lower Belvedere houses temporary exhibitions, particularly Austrian art. Belvedere 21 is a modern art space displaying performances, films, lectures, and concerts. The Botanical Gardens are free! They’re located east of Upper Belvedere.
The Hofburg Palace was the previous residence for the rulers of the Hofburg dynasty. It was originally built in the 13th Century but has been expanded a few times since then. Today, you can visit the palace’s Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and Silver Collection.
The Sisi Museum holds the personal belongings of Empress Elisabeth and tells the story of a beautiful young monarch who was mysteriously murdered.
In the Imperial Apartments, you’ll get a glimpse into what life was like for these famous rulers. The Hofburg is known as their winter residence. Finally, the silver collection tells an impressive story about the unique dining culture of these lavish and proper monarchs.
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Volksgarten is a worthy and easy addition to any Vienna itinerary. The famous garden was the first public park in Vienna. The grand garden, which was originally part of the Hofburg Palace complex, opened to the public in 1823. Built over an area that was once fortifications for the city, the area was turned into a green space after the French emperor destroyed the fortifications, leaving a large empty area.
The beautifully landscaped park is perhaps most notable for the 3,000 rose bushes of different varieties which are in bloom in late spring and summer. But the colorful rose garden isn’t the only area of the park worth seeing. You’ll also find a smaller replica of Greece’s Temple of Hephaestus. The neoclassical temple routinely hosts small art exhibitions which draw visitors to the park.
The park also boasts a memorial site to Empress Elisabeth, an iconic figure in Austrian history, and a small monument dedicated to Austrian poet Franz Grullparzer.
The park is free to visit. It is shaped like a triangle and runs adjacent to the popular Ring Road. It’s within walking distance to Rathausplatz, the National Theater, the museum quarter, and many of the best places to stay in Vienna. It is a great place to stop and sit for a moment after a busy day of sightseeing in the Austrian capital.
Prater is the biggest park in Vienna, complete with walking trails, a Ferris wheel, and charming beer gardens. It’s that huge green space, east of city center, on your Vienna sightseeing map. Stop at Schweizerhaus for delicious eats and cold brews.
There are many unique historic and architecturally significant buildings in Vienna. These buildings have notable religious, cultural, or aesthetic merit. You may stroll past them to appreciate their grandeur, or enter for a more immersive experience.
St. Micheal’s Church is one of the best attractions in Vienna. It is among the oldest churches in Vienna dating back to the early 13th Century. It has features from both Romanesque and Gothic styles. The church offers guided tours by appointment.
You can’t miss this when you visit Vienna. It costs a few euros to enter the church. Inside, you’ll have access to the alters, galleries and relics.
Karlskirche is considered to be the most beautiful Baroque church in Vienna.
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Situated in the heart of the city center in Stephansplatz is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This is one of the most famous landmarks in Austria and one of the most important religious buildings in Vienna!
The cathedral was originally built in the 12th century, though the structure we see standing today dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries. The mix of Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, along with the multi-colored tiled roof, make it a strikingly beautiful monument.
It’s recommended to purchase a ticket to access the church’s towers. A climb to its towers will reveal the beauty of the roof up close, where you can see the tiles depicting the coat of arms of Vienna and the royal House of Habsburg’s double-headed eagle.
The cathedral hosted quite a few significant events throughout the years, including the royal wedding of Emperor Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia and Hungary. Also, funerals of several members of the House of Habsburg, and the wedding of Mozart and Constanze Weber.
It also hosts classical music concerts throughout the year. If you’re visiting Vienna in the winter, you can attend some Christmas concerts and enjoy the small yet charming Christmas market taking place around the cathedral.
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The tallest building in Austria also happens to have the best views over Vienna and beyond. The Donauturm is located across the mighty Danube River in a pleasantly green area. Take the high-speed elevator to the windy observation deck 150 meters above the ground and you’ll experience Vienna from an interesting angle.
Try to spot the old, the quirky, and the modern architecture in Vienna. You’ll be able to see the St. Francis of Assisi Church, Spittelau District Heating Plant, and the DC Towers.
The observation tower design itself is something from the past and looks more functional like a TV tower. It was revolutionary almost sixty years ago, especially because it houses two revolving restaurants. These have since been upgraded and provide a fun, yet pricey experience 170 meters above the city. Drink a coffee or Weizenbier while the restaurant slowly shows you around the city for 52 minutes.
The area around the tower is full of leisure areas for the Viennese and visitors. If you feel that the city center is a bit too crowded, the area around the Donauturm provides a nice breather.
The tower itself is responsible for revitalizing this part of the city into the pleasant area it is today. To get to the Donauturm, take a bus from e.g. Schwedenplatz across the Danube to the Donaupark. The tower is also reachable by taxi/Uber. Make sure to pick a dry and sunny day to visit for the best views.
The Hundertwasser House is one the most unique Vienna tourist places. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was the Austrian artist who created this work. Hundertwasser’s vision was to integrate residence with nature in a harmonious way.
In the 1980s, the apartments were constructed in line with his vision. This included roofs covered with grass and trees growing from the inside out. There is a museum dedicated to Hundertwasser’s work just down the street.
Head to the Austrian Parliament Building. Note the Greek Revival style here. You can see the statue and fountain dedicated to the Goddess Athena. This building is one of the most visited places in Vienna.
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The Austrian National Library in Vienna is the largest in the country set in a magnificent building, rich in exquisite details.
The library was established as a separate wing of the imperial residence of Emperor Charles VI in the 18th century to house his impressive collection of medieval manuscripts. Today, his statue stands under a 30-meter domed ceiling surrounded by four Venetian globes, surveying over 200,000 precious books.
One of the best things to do in Vienna is to understand the rich imperial legacy of the city. With dark walnut bookcases reaching 20 meters high, elaborate gold decorations, and allegorical frescoes you could spend hours just soaking up the imperial aesthetics. Despite the exquisite nature of the room, your eyes will be drawn to the dome which depicts the history of the court library with Emperor Charles VI in his god-like status.
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The Vienna Opera House suns like a jewel in the Ringstrasse of Vienna day and night. Named the Wiener Staatsoper for being one of the leading opera houses in the world, the opera house is steeped in a tradition of classic performances.
Each year the Vienna Opera House stages over 350 performances of opera and ballet. This is a staggering schedule! The opera performances here are world-class.
This gorgeous structure is a Renaissance Revival building with over 1709 seats. It was built from 1861 to 1869. At the time, it was the first major building completed on the Vienna Ring Road. You can take a tour of the magnificent interiors of the building. Better yet, reserve tickets to a performance. It’s an experience you’ll truly treasure in a building that is a world-class museum. When you are visiting Vienna’s Ring Road, you’ll see the Vienna Opera House and you should definitely stop by.
A city with a history like Vienna has museums that don’t disappoint! You can visit lavish royal residences, or gawk at frescoes. There are massive museums that you can get lost in for hours or small, approachable, museums that you can fit into a busy day.
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The capital city of Austria is filled with museums, art galleries, and historic sites that attract millions of tourists every year. One great way to bundle your tickets is with the Vienna Pass. It offers free entry to many important attractions.
The MuseumQuartier ( MQ) is a Baroque-style architectural cluster in Vienna’s city center with several museums on the list.
Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (Mumok) is a contemporary art museum with an impressive art collection of over 10,000 art pieces. The big names include Picasso, Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. The basement of the museum is a spacious exhibition hall that allows large-scale art installations to be displayed.
The Leopold Museum focuses on masterpieces of Austrian art, ranging from works by Gustav Klimt, and Richard Gerstl. The modern and sleek galleries showcase paintings in different genres and themes.
Apart from the two key museums, there are art studios, cultural facilities, and performance venues in MQ. It hosts many annual art events, including the Viennale film festival.
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The Sigmund Freud Museum is located at Berggasse 19, Vienna, Alsergrund. It is said to be the most famous address in Vienna.
It is located in a beautiful tenement house where Freud lived and worked for nearly half a century, in the years 1891-1938. On the floor directly above the museum, you can find a library that has the largest collection of books on psychoanalysis in Europe.
The only originally preserved part of the old Freud`s apartment is a patient`s waiting room, allegedly designed by the doctor himself.
In the museum, you will find information related to the history of the building and individual rooms, as well as information about psychoanalysis. There are only a few remains of the old days of Sigmund Freud. The original exhibits have been brought back here (some have been borrowed from the Freud Museum in London).
The home of Sigmund Freud was also a place of study and practice for his daughter, Anna Freud. She continued her father’s work. She focused on child psychoanalysis and made an invaluable contribution to the development of this field of science. Some of the exhibitions are also devoted to her.
Sigmund Freud is the most famous psychiatrist and first psychoanalyst. He was a colorful figure. The Sigmund Freud Museum is the perfect stop when visiting Vienna.
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Another one of Vienna’s most famous tourist attractions is the Albertina Museum. This 18th-century palace is home to the world’s largest and most valuable art collections featuring Dürer, Klimt, Monet, Picasso, and company.
More than 65,000 drawings and one million old prints are on display besides modern graphic works, photographs, and architectural drawings. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions focused on different topics.
Each floor of the museum is dedicated to a specific exhibition. The second floor shows the gallery’s permanent collections, and throughout its sixteen rooms, you can admire some of the most important pieces of art from the past 130 years.
On the first floor, you can admire the 22 State Rooms occupied by various Habsburg family members over the time of 100 years. Alongside Vienna’s other famous Habsburg palaces such as Schloss Schönbrunn, the Albertina provides a great insight into the history and culture of the Austrian capital.
It has always been a place for art. In 1945, the Albertina was heavily damaged by bomb attacks. In the years after, the building was rebuilt and underwent a complete modernization from 1998 to 2003.
Due to its central location, the Albertina is close to some of Austria’s most famous landmarks including St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace.
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The Natural History Museum Vienna is one of the most important natural history museums in the world. With 39 exhibition rooms and over 30 million objects scattered over 8,460 sqm of space, this museum showcases Vienna’s rich history and appreciation for human sciences, earth sciences, and life sciences.
Its relatively affordable entry fee also makes it great for those on a budget but still wanting to learn more about the city’s history. Since this is a large museum with tons to see, you’ll get the most value for your money if you spend at least two hours exploring every nook and cranny.
From precious gemstones and minerals to a royal lion skull and Darwin’s pigeons, you will not be running out of things to marvel at during your visit. Its history dates back to 1750 when a huge collection of natural history objects was bought from the Florentine scientist de Baillou.
The building itself is worth the visit, as it’s a large, sprawling mansion with grand staircases and ornate interior details. Inside, there’s a charming little cafe where you can grab some coffee and a light bite; the perfect place to end your museum trip.
If you are looking for a quick and easy museum to visit. Consider a stop at the Chocolate Museum of Vienna. You don’t need a lot of time to tour the museum. If you are looking for an interactive museum experience, sign up for a chocolate-making workshop.
If you would like to experience Vienna like a local, there are a few more options for sightseeing.
Naschmarkt is Vienna’s famous international outdoor market. This is a great place to try local meats and cheeses. Because Vienna has a booming immigrant population, you’ll see a lot of fresh, authentic, global cuisine. Come coming hungry and sample small portions from a few vendors.
In this world-class city, you’ll also find great shopping opportunities. Start at the northernmost end of Mariahilfer street (at Museum Quarter), and follow it down (southwest). You’ll hit all the best stores. You can find Mango, Pull & Bear, and Bershka on Mariahilfer street. These are some of my favorite European brands which are harder to find in the US. Vienna is a great place to shop in Europe.